Country Director, South Africa
WEConnect International in South Africa identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit organisation in South Africa that provides the seal of certification uniquely to Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), and also, that connects these WBEs with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations across diverse industries. Our signature seal of certification is a formal guarantee to corporations that they are purchasing goods and/or services from South African businesses that meet universal standards for WBEs. Find out more.
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WEConnect International in South Africa partnered with IBM to host the last Collaboration Workshop for the year, focused on ICT innovation. As was the case with twoworkshops held in Johannesburg and Cape Town, during October and November, the purpose of this workshop was to cultivate and nurture a collaborative culture among women business-owners (WBOs).
The interactive session kicked off with Mashudu Mannde, Enterprise and Supplier Development Lead from IBM, welcoming WBOs and highlighting the importance of the event in supporting IBM’s commitment to empowering entrepreneurs by offering an array of entrepreneurial programmes and services to give these businesses a competitive edge. He was joined by the IBM team that spoke about new market trends, and gaps and opportunities within IBM to help grow businesses. Maletsabisa Molapo from IBM Research described IBM’s research as well as the need to drive innovation and create new business opportunities within South Africa.
Johnson and Johnson South Africa (J&J) and WEConnect International in South Africa partnered to host one-day Collaboration Workshops in Johannesburg and Cape Town on October 27 and November 10, respectively. The workshops were opened to self-registered women business owners (WBOs) and invited guests.
Sharlotte Naidu, CEO of Moyo in South Africa discusses the benefits and opportunities of being a certified women owned business and being part of the WEConnect International network. See her interview from International Day 2017 below!